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Houston: They've got a coronavirus problem.
And - as is true across the USA and the world where the virus is spreading - it is imperative that we all do our part to help mitigate the spread of the disease by understanding the data and following the advice of trusted healthcare professionals.
According to Dr. Marc Boom - the CEO of "Houston Methodist Hospital," the city may be headed for a very dire situation due to a continuous rise/spike in COVID-19 cases. In an article posted to "ALJAZEERA" - as well as information available on "KHOU" which is a local news station in Houston, TX - hospitals could soon be overwhelmed. The ALJAZEERA article explains:
"It is snowballing. We will most certainly see more people die as a result of this spike," said Dr Marc Boom, CEO and president of Houston Methodist Hospital, noting that the number of COVID-19 hospital admissions has tripled since Memorial Day to more than 1,400 across eight hospital systems in the Houston metropolitan area.
He predicted that in three weeks hospitals could be overwhelmed, and he pleaded with people to cover their faces and practice social distancing. "It is possible to open up at a judicious pace and coexist with the virus, but it requires millions and millions of people to do the right thing. Right now, we don't have that" because people have let their guard down, Boom said."
And an article on KHOU news reports that "Dr. Boom said Houston Methodist and its eight hospitals have seen the number of COVID-19 patients triple since Memorial Day from 104 people to 329 Monday."
In that article, Dr. Boom says the following:
“We've said this all along this virus is in control, we're not in control,” Dr. Boom said Monday in a Zoom interview. “Right now, the virus is showing us pushing back, saying, ‘hey, I'm in control here.’ And if we don't all work together, really to be perfect out in the community, the masking, the social distancing, the handwashing, avoiding touching of one space, the avoidance of large gatherings. If we don't do those, this virus takes control. And when it takes control and gets out of control, our ability to actually control it in any way really gets limited and it can slip out of our hands.”
It is also important to note that another article on KHOU's website mentions that, "Texas Governor Greg Abbott acknowledged Monday there are some alarming coronavirus trends in Texas over the last week and the virus "must be corralled." "COVID-19 is spreading at an unacceptable rate in Texas," the governor said.
Click here to read the ALJAZEERA article.
And click here to access KHOU Houston news website.